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The Travel Detective: The Science of Airline Food
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The Travel Detective: The Science of Airline Food

Now I know what some of you think about airline food. You don’t eat it because you’re hungry, you eat it because you’re bored. Or you just don’t like it…. Read More…

The Travel Detective: What Happens If An Airline Loses Your Child?
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The Travel Detective: What Happens If An Airline Loses Your Child?

We’ve heard horror stories about when an airline loses your bag. But what happens if an airline loses your kid? Believe me, the liability issues can be huge. And it… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Flatulence on Airplanes
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The Travel Detective: Flatulence on Airplanes

It happens on every flight. It’s something everyone notices, no one likes, and nobody really talks about it. I’m talking about flatulence on airplanes. Even though nobody’s likely to mention… Read More…

Don’t Go There: Polluted Beaches
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Don’t Go There: Polluted Beaches

It’s hard to beat a great day at the beach with the sun, the waves and the sand. But not every shore is as inviting as it looks.   In… Read More…

The Travel Detective: 5 Rules for Airline Etiquette 
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The Travel Detective: 5 Rules for Airline Etiquette 

Whether you’re a first-time flyer or a seasoned world traveler, there’s one thing that drives us nuts when we fly–it’s being seated next to other passengers who don’t follow basic… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Bargaining While Shopping Abroad
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The Travel Detective: Bargaining While Shopping Abroad

So you’re shopping in a bazaar in a foreign country. Maybe it’s in Istanbul. Maybe it’s in Cairo. How do you bargain? How do you know you’re getting the best… Read More…

Hotel With A Past: The Breakers in Palm Beach County, Florida
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Hotel With A Past: The Breakers in Palm Beach County, Florida

The story of this special hotel and resort starts in 1896, but its enduring appeal is its timelessness–140-acres of oceanfront property, a half a mile of private beach, golf courses,… Read More…

Hidden Gems of the Palm Beaches
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Hidden Gems of the Palm Beaches

When you think about Palm Beach, Florida, certain stereotypes prevail–the high net worth resorts, homes and estates, wealthy retirees, exclusive boutiques, big golf courses and private jets. Yes, that’s all part of… Read More…

Excess Baggage: Bringing Food on Planes
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Excess Baggage: Bringing Food on Planes

If you’re like me, you define most “airline food” as an oxymoron.    Now, to be fair, the airlines have improved their cuisine over the years. But for most of… Read More…

Like a Local: Baltimore
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Like a Local: Baltimore

When you think of Baltimore, Maryland, you got to think about American history–the cobblestone streets, the Orioles and the Ravens. But the city has reinvented itself without sacrificing its past…. Read More…

The Travel Detective: Airline Tickets and Fuel Prices
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The Travel Detective: Airline Tickets and Fuel Prices

The price of oil goes down, and it’s cheaper to fill up the gas tank. It’s also cheaper to fill up an airplane. Jet fuel makes up 25% of the… Read More…

Like a Local: The Palm Beaches
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Like a Local: The Palm Beaches

Palm Beach has the long standing reputation as a luxury high net worth destination. And that’s certainly true. It’s not just Palm Beach but the Palm Beaches—and smart travelers know… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Train Travel
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The Travel Detective: Train Travel

Who doesn’t love trains?  They’re fast, they’re fun, and they’re nostalgic. If you travel with kids, you can relax with them and not worry about the road ahead. But the… Read More…

The Travel Detective: The Airline Game of Choosing Your Seat
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The Travel Detective: The Airline Game of Choosing Your Seat

So what kind of airline seat do you want the next time you fly? Let me guess: you probably don’t want the dreaded middle seat. So how do you get… Read More…

Voluntourism: The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
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Voluntourism: The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

Abu Dhabi is known for its modern architecture and cosmopolitan population. But to experience a completely different side of the city’s culture, a side that connects it to its roots,… Read More…

The Travel Detective: How to Book Group Travel
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The Travel Detective: How to Book Group Travel

Whether you’re planning a wedding, a family reunion, or a girlfriend getaway, planning group travel can be confusing and stressful. I’m here to share some tips to help you get… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Hotel Bathrooms 
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The Travel Detective: Hotel Bathrooms 

So what’s your idea of a great hotel? How do you define it? Do you start in the lobby, the bar, the restaurant or even the health club? I don’t… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Knowing State Laws
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The Travel Detective: Knowing State Laws

There’s nothing more American than road tripping around the country.  But what you need to remember is that not all state laws are the same. I’m not talking about those wacky… Read More…

Voluntourism: Heritage Malta
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Voluntourism: Heritage Malta

Digging in a trench and sifting through dirt for hours a day is certainly not everyone’s idea of a vacation. But Samula Bissini has traveled to the island of Malta… Read More…